The past three articles in this series have highlighted the strengths of
scripting languages. They're interactive and dynamic, and allow you to
experiment, debug and prototype solutions quickly. However, the most common
response when I speak to die-hard Java fanatics is, "Yeah, but I'll have to
learn another language and I already know Java" (I consider myself a die-hard
Java fanatic to a degree).
To be honest, this is a barrier that most won't cross. But what if you could
have the best of both worlds? What if you could have your cake and eat it
Well, in a sense you can. You can use a Java-like scripting language. Now
What This Series Is About
This article is Part 3 of an interactive series that discusses the many
languages that compile and/or run on the Java platform. Java Developer's
Journal invites you to vote for your favorite non-Java programming language
in the JDJ forum. Your vote will decide which languages will be covered by
the series, and in what order. A lot of languages work in the JVM, but this
series will cover only the most popular, as determined by your votes. To
vote: Go to the top of the JDJ Web page and click the forum graphic. Click
the "Enter the JDJ Developer's Forum" li... (more)
Robert F. Kennedy once said, "There is a Chinese curse which says, 'May he
live in interesting times.'" The enterprise Java space is "interesting."
Not too long ago, folks like Bruce Tate, Gavin King, and Rod Johnson were
pushing lightweight frameworks such as Spring and Hibernate, and there is
still a lot of true innovation going on with AspectJ, Spring, Hibernate,
WebWork, JBoss (method invocation handlers), and more. This lightweight POJO
revolution shook the enterprise Java world.
Having endured building applications with EJB 2.x and Struts, using Spring
and Hibernate was lik... (more)
"JSF Good!" Says Rick Hightower
If you have not looked into Spring yet, it is time. Here is why you should!
Grady Booch once said that the great thing about objects is that they can be
replaced. The great thing about Spring is it helps you replace them. With
Spring, you simply inject collaborating objects called dependencies using
JavaBeans properties and configuration files. Then it's easy enough to switch
out collaborating objects when you need to. Spring allows you to dynamically
add services to objects called aspects. This is similar to the Decorator
Design pattern, but does n... (more)
Time is a brutal enemy of youth and exuberance. Time makes cynics of us all.
Time is the universal truth serum that reveals all authenticity. Time will
tell, but the announcement yesterday by Google may change the faces of AJAX
development, strike that, Google's announcement may change web development
for evermore. This cynic heard an announcement yesterday that changed his
viewpoint and beliefs on the future of web development.
Certainly, in the recent past, the chances of doing an entire application in
AJAX seemed remote for the vast sea of developers. The thought of writing a